Photo Tours & Workshops

Private Photography Tours & Group Photography Workshops

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All tours customized, directly with your guide.

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Road Less Traveled

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Photography Tours

Colorado & Utah
Arches National Park Photography Workshops
Private Tours!

Arches & Canyonlands Photo Tour

3+ Days
Availability : Year Round
$499/day
Incl. up to 4 persons.
Max People : 4

Nowhere else in America matches the “other-world” beauty of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Learn landscape and astro photography skills while exploring the back country trails in our Rubicon Jeep.

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Wildlife photo tours in the Rocky Mountains
Private Tours!

RMNP / Mt. Evans Photo Tour

2 Days
Availability : May - Oct
$499/day
Incl. up to 4 persons.
Max People : 4

Experience the best of Colorado in this two day excursion through Rocky Mountain National Park and Mount Evans. Stunning views and wildlife are the featured attractions.

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Colorado photography tour guide
Private Tours!

Colorado Wildflowers Photo Tour

1 Day
Availability : May - Aug
$399/day: 1 p
$499/day: 2-4 ppl
Max People : 4

Colorado’s wildflowers are small yet stunning. Spend a day learning new skills in floral and macro photography. Destinations include alpine environments with beautiful mountain views.

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Wild Horse Photography Tours Colorado
Private Tours!

Colorado Wild Horses Photo Tour

2+ Days
Availability : Year Round
$499/day
Incl. up to 4 persons.
Max People : 4

Wild Horses are a rarity these days, but Colorado has them. We travel to Little Book Cliffs reserve area where we will travel the back country trails by Jeep looking for the small herds of wild stallions and newborn foal.

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Sandhill Crane Migration - Alamosa photography tours
Private Tours!

Sandhill Crane Migration Photo Tour

2+ Days
Availability : March
$499/day
Incl. up to 4 persons.
Max People : 4

Capture the amazing spectacle of SandHill Cranes by the thousands as they swarm the San Luis Valley. While there we can also photograph Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park. A trip you will never forget.

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Great Sand Dunes and Sandhill Cranes Photo Tour
Private Tours!

Great Sand Dunes Photo Tour

2+ Days
Availability : Year Round
$499/day
Incl. up to 4 persons.
Max People : 4

The Great Sand Dunes are just that, great! 750 foot tall dunes nestled up against spectacular 14,000 foot peaks. Wow! We will capture sunset from atop the tallest dune and sunrise from the flower covered base.

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Sunset Photo Workshops in Colorado
Private Tours!

Sunrise / Sunset Photo Tour

1/2 Day
Availability : Year Round
$275/day: 1 p
$350/day: 2-4 ppl
Max People : 4

A half day tour for those with a passion for morning and evening light. The “golden hour” can often turn into the pink and red and orange hour especially at sunset. The Rocky Mountains as a backdrop make it even more spectacular.

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Photo Workshop in Crested Butte
Group Workshop

Aspen Gold – Colorado in Autumn

10 Days
Availability : Sept 20th - 29th 2020
Max People : 8

Ten days in Colorado’s prime Fall color destinations, including a visit to the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Our primary focus on this tour is landscape and but there will be opportunities for other interesting subject matter as well (ex: 1800’s abandoned gold mines).

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Denver City - Nighttime photography tours
Private Tours!

Denver at Night Photo Tour

1/2 Day
Availability : Year Round
$275/day: 1 p
$350/day: 2-4 ppl
Max People : 4

Our focus is night photography and long exposure in an Urban setting. However, the tour also allows us to capture images of sunset over downtown Denver OR across the prairie-lands of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Preserve.

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Rocky Mountain landscape photo tours
Private Tours!

Rocky Mountain National Park Photo Tour

2+ Days
Availability : Year Round
$499/day
Incl. up to 4 persons.
Max People : 4

Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the crown jewels of Colorado. Ripe with wildlife and landscape, it’s a photographers paradise. This excusion will take us to marshy lakes, alpine vistas and aspen forests.

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Milky Way Night Sky Photo Workshop
Private Tours!

Night Sky Photo Tour

1 Day
Availability : Year Round
$399/day: 1 p
$499/day: 2-4 ppl
Max People : 4

Capture the majesty of the Rocky Mountain landscapes after the sun has set. Nighttime is the right time to capture landscapes in a whole new way, with a backdrop of celestial stars. Learn Astro photography skills and long exposure techniques.

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Colorado gold mine photo tour
Private Tours!

Rustic Colorado Photo Tour

1 Day
Availability : Year Round
$399/day: 1 p
$499/day: 2-4 ppl
Max People : 4

Old abandoned gold mine structures, 1800’s mountain cemeteries and restored mountain “boom towns”. If you like old broken rusty things, then this tour is right up your ally. Often we can incorporate a bit of landscape into the day as well.

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Fall landscapes in Colorado
Private Tours!

Fall Colors Photo Tours

1 Day
Availability : Sept-Oct
$399/day: 1 p
$499/day: 2-4 ppl
Max People : 4

Fall in Colorado is amazing. That’s why it’s called “Rocky Mountain Aspen Gold”. Spend a day (or more) chasing the color across the mountain passes. Learn new skills and techniques for creating beautiful Autumn images.

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Alpine photography tours
Private Tours!

Custom Built Photo Tour

3+ Days
Availability : Year Round
$499/day
Incl. up to 4 persons.
Max People : 4

Build Your Own Tour! That’s right, work directly with your guide to create a unique and fully customized photography tour across Colorado and/or Utah. Only what you want and nothing you do not. This is how tours should be.

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Photography Workshops at Mount Evans
Private Tours!

Alpine Environments Photo Tour

1 Day
Availability : Year Round
$399/day: 1 p
$499/day: 2-4 ppl
Max People : 4

Alpine environments are unique in their flora, fauna and natural beauty. We travel high into the Rocky Mountains to capture the small ground high flowers and the sky high snow capped peaks. A great way to spend the day.

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Photo Tours - Golden Train Museum
Private Tours!

Colorado Railroad Photo Tour

1 Day
Availability : Year Round
$399/day: 1 p
$499/day: 2-4 ppl
Max People : 4

Colorado has a long legacy of mountain railroads. A few of these amazing tracks are still running live steam engines making for a unique photo opportunity. We also have one of the biggest outdoor rail museums in the world.

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Why Choose Us?

Custom Day Tours

Most tours can be customized.

One of the things that make Big Sun Tours different is the personal attention you will receive.  While we do provide a number of “theme” tours based on your interests (ex: Colorado wildflowers, alpine environment, Denver nights sightseeing, and many more…) we also provide you the opportunity to build your own tour al-la-cart style.

Call anytime and speak directly with your guide to plan out the perfect Colorado tour.  Working together we will identify the best locations to meet your time constraints, physical limitations, interests and other factors.

This service is fully included in the price of your tour.

Multi-Day “Safaris”

Turn your tour into a vacation.

We offer more than just single day tours.  Big Sun offers fully customized multi-day tours throughout the state (and into neighboring states).  We can handle trips of any length (we’ve done custom tours up to 14 days long).

Lodging options are tailored to your budget, destinations are tailed to your interests/limitations and pickup/drop-off locations do not have to be to the same location (or even in the same city or state).

Multi-day tours allow you to see a wide variety of environments (Colorado has mountains, plains and deserts) and generally allow us get in a lot more shooting time.

Private Tours Only

Available for all but specified "group" tours.

If you have ever been on a “standard” group tour, you know what an unpleasant experience this can be.  Dozens of people packed into a bus that just goes from visitor centers to roadside stops.  You never really see anything and you have no flexibility on where you go.

Big Sun Photography Tours are small and personal.  The only people on your tour will be your group (or self).  If weather conditions change such that a different destination works better, then we can make that change.  If you find you love a particular location we can stay longer, if you prefer to move on from a location we will do that.  This is how a tour should be done.

Photo Training

Free with all tours.

Your guide is available to instruct you throughout the entire tour.  Many clients use the driving time between locations to ask questions about long standing gaps in their skill set or to trouble shoot recurring problems they are having with their photography.

Of course once on location your guide will help you with both technical skills and composition to produce the best images you can.

Think of Big Sun’s photo tours as a way to visit the beautiful Colorado mountains AND get a free private photography lesson at the same time.

Meet Your Photography Tour Guide:

Colorado & Utah
Photography Instructor and Guide

Gene Tewksbury

Owner / Lead Guide

Roads Less Traveled!

Our photography Jeep tours allow us to go anywhere.
Photography Jeep Tours in Colorado Rocky Mountains

Photography Tour Reviews

Some Words From Our Clients.

Saturday was a great day with John. He picked me up punctually at 5:30am and dropped me off after sunset (about 7:30pm). So we had a really full day in the park. The weather was great – sunny, quite warm, if a bit breezy (even more breezy on Sunday)

I enjoyed the tour and would thoroughly recommend it to others. John was clearly knowledgeable about the park and knew the best spots at various times of day. John has clearly got a lot of photographic knowledge and was a very good instructor. We had lots of good discussions about the various locations and situations we found and how we could get the best out of them. John asked about my hiking ability and footwear when deciding where and how far we should be hiking. John also came well equipped with hats, gloves, cots, tripods, lights, drinks, water and food. We had a good break in the early afternoon – when conditions weren’t so favorable for landscape shooting – which meant I had the energy to continue until sunset

Malcolm, United Kingdom
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This is a fantastic tour where you get to experience the Rockies from a different prospective, through the eyes of a professional photographer so instead of just taking any photos you are able to take some different prospectives and get some excellent instruction on composition

Alison Kent, Australia
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I had a full day to photograph Colorado and was on a budget to maximize my time and to get the photographs I wanted I had to hire a guide and Gene made it happen. I basically told him what I wanted to shoot and he took me to various spots to get what I wanted with a few surprises along the way (Mountain Sheep/Goats).

I especially enjoyed the Continental Divide. Gene is super knowledgeable about the area and local history he really knows his photography. He is totally a work with what you got guide and I totally let him take the reins on this trip. I was surprised to even know that there was a back country to the old coal mines and he took me to all the nooks and crannies. Next time I am in Denver I have already discussed a couple of possible trips with Gene. Definitely a go to guide!

Joe Asencios

Just took a 2 day extended jeep tour with Gene and let me say it was well worth it. I told him what I was looking for and he picked out some great spots. I walked away with not only some great photos but some great information as well. Gene is more than willing to answer any questions that you might have to help you become a better photographer. I would definitely tour with Gene again.

Mark Yambor

Gene was an amazing tour guide. We felt he really did a great job in showing us the Rockies and much much more. Gene was very informative and gave my son extremely helpful advice on the use of his camera. I would not hesitate to use Gene for more tours when in the area… Very much recommended!

Bryan Rice, Georgia

With extremely short notice of only one day in advance, Gene managed to organised exactly what I wanted; a pickup from my hotel in Denver, a sunrise photo-shoot in the mountains, and a day at Mount Evans away from tourists/groups. Gene’s local knowledge also allowed for close-up encounters with mountain goats, big horn sheep and marmots, all in their natural environment. Hiring a guide gives you the flexibility of stopping any time you see something interesting, and spending as much or as little time as you like at each spot – far more preferable than a bus tour on a fixed schedule. At the end of the day my memory card was full with a variety of wildlife and landscapes from a unique mountain environment. Highly recommended.

Richard Roberts, England

Our family thoroughly enjoyed the tour offered by Gene. He was in communication with us before the tour and hit all of the items we were looking for (moderate hiking and spectacular mountain views) I especially liked how he checked in with us throughout the day to see how we were doing. I would not hesitate in recommending Gene for future tours in Colorado.

David Frolick

Photo heaven! – Thank you Gene for taking me to some of the most fantastic photo locations I have ever seen! From the fighting elk to the sunset above the clouds, the bull elk in the forest and the shimmering aspens, I was in photo heaven! Your attention to the details, your expert guiding and your photo knowledge were all invaluable! Thank you for such a wonderful experience, I can’t wait to join you again on another photo adventure.

Ron Goodlin, Toronto Canada

Thanks for a great photo shoot. I really enjoyed it and our almost perfect weather with plenty of clouds. It was nice to have someone drive me to the good spots that I may not have found myself. It’s a great way to go to have a private photo tour.

Gwen Paton, TN

Gene, thank you so much for this amazing and unforgettable trip to Mount Evans. There was a wonder around every corner.This private tour went beyond my wildest expectations. I really enjoyed the breathtaking wilderness areas, the amalgam of hardy wildflowers, the alpine lake, the rainbows, the marmots, but the most fun was taking pictures so close to the magnificent mountain goats. That was one of the highlights. I consider myself now a much better photographer thanks to your accurate and specific advice.

Roberto R, NY

Colorado is a state that I have always wanted to explore. When I came across Gene’s website, I contacted him and he was extremely helpful from start to finish. He offered recommendations for which hotels to stay at, and ways to improve my overall picture shooting experience given his photography background. Everything I needed he did what he could to make it happen. He drove me around from place to place, which was more than 500 miles of driving in 4 days. During that time, Gene was able to get me to The Great Sand Dunes, Mount Evans, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and Garden of the Gods. Any stops along the way whether it was simply for food or to take a photo he was more than willing to do so. We also went camping at the Sand Dune area where he set up camp and made dinner and breakfast. The guy had everything covered. All I had to do was sit back and relax. I highly recommend. Being at the top of the Sand Dunes in particular was a terrific experience and one of the best moments of my life. Thank you Gene for making my Colorado experience one that I will treasure for a lifetime!

Joe S., MD

Traveling for my job has given me opportunities to seek out and hire Photo ‘Safari’ guides in many unique spots. While on a business trip to Denver recently, I heard about Big Sun Photography in Golden/Denver area. I’m extremely happy I registered online for a photo tour with Big Sun. After shooting the mountains and lakes around Golden Colorado I know I’ll return. I loved the sites Gene hand picked for me and the wealth of photography information he shared in one day would compare to a week seminar elsewhere. Thanks Gene, I’ll be back!

Elaine Silber, KY

Big Sun Photography,
“I’m twice the photographer I was last week thanks to your tour. It really is amazing how learning basic concepts and strategies can make you see the world completely different through the camera. Anyway, I really enjoyed the tour. I appreciate the great locations we got to visit. I’m sure I would have never found those myself in any tour guide. I’ll be sending you some friends of mine this fall.

Leslie P.

Dear Gene,
“Thank you for the amazing photo jeep tour of the Rockies. It really made our visit better than it would have been. When we passed that tour bus jammed full of people filing out to view a “scenic view” on the side of the highway I laughed. We had just experienced a wonderful secluded trail with breathtaking views and wildlife, with just out family, and I thought to myself. “That could have been us on that awful bus tour”. We enjoyed every moment and I learned some real good tips for improving my photography. We will be back again next year to use your services.

James Clarkson, Florida

My girlfriend and I just got back from an awesome photography tour through the Colorado Rockies with Big Sun Photography. Let me also say now – what’s a fantastic gift for anyone interested in photography. I am an amateur photographer equipped with a Canon XSi and no training to speak of. That said, I was a bit nervous about making a fool of myself with a professional photographer, but I was immediately put at ease once we started shooting. Arriving at our first site (St. Mary’s Glacier), Gene’s photography expertise was obvious – explaining composition, exposure, the use of reflectors and diffusers and even explaining specific functions of my camera all in a manner that I could understand and immediately apply to my shooting technique. Gene’s patience and genuine interest in making me the best photographer he could in two days let me feel comfortable in asking questions and showing my mistakes so that I each shot I took was better than the last.

The second day is when I got really excited. We met at 6:45 AM to head out to Roxborough State Park. We hiked approximately 4 miles up to a beautiful meadow overlooking Denver in the distance. Gene’s boyscout-like knowledge of the rocks, flowers and wildlife we experienced shined through as he provided insightful and interesting asides as we made our way up and down the trails. Once we ate, we got on the road to continue our tour – no time was wasted as Gene proceeded to explain post-production techniques using Photoshop and Lightroom (surprisingly well considering we didn’t have a computer with us). Our last stop on the trip is one that I would recommend to anyone heading out with Big Sun – Mt. Evans. At 14,264 feet up, the views were nothing short of majestic. At this height, Gene demonstrated a 360 degree panoramic shot (I saw the final version after post-production – unbelievable) and I tried my own 180 degree panoramic, but got interrupted by a cloud heading directly for me – nevertheless, I got the shots with Gene’s help and that pano turned out pretty well too.

I’m the kind of person that generally judges an experience by asking myself ‘Would I do it again?’. I would absolutely do this again (although I’d definitely want to try out some new locations). I highly recommend Big Sun Photography and Gene Tewksbury. If I can work up the courage to do it, I’d also like to go back in the Winter for the Photo Ski Tour – with Gene at the helm it would definitely be a epic trip.

Jay “JoJo” Tilak, New Jersey, USA

We are lucky to get his tour. Our booking made only one day before of the tour. He learned some words of our own language as a nice gesture. We’ve really appreciated for his warm hospitality. We will promise to choose him when we visit Denver next time.

Yoshiaki Maruyama, Japan

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